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Tallulah Gorge State Park.
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Tallulah Gorge State Park.
Description - This state park was created through a partnership between the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia Power Company. One of the most spectacular gorges in the eastern U.S., the chasm is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. The park's breathtaking views and the town's rich history make this area a favorite stopping point along U.S. Highway. 441 - the main route between Atlanta and the Great Smoky Mountains. The park's visitor center features an award-winning film that takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge. Water Flowing through the gorge is controlled by dam releases. There are two stages to take not of when planning a trip to the gorge.

Whitewater Boating Weekends: Water thunders through the gorge as kayakers and canoeists challenge their skills and spectators watch from the rim (safety prohibits hiking into the gorge during water releases). First two weekends in April and first three weekends in November of each year.

Aesthetic Water Releases: This water flow is a little less than whitewater releases but a lot more than the regular flow through the gorge. During these releases, access to the gorge floor is by permit or guided hikes only. April 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, September 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, October 1, 28 and 29.

Tallulah Gorge State Park is taking an aggressive position toward visitor safety and protection of natural resources. Due to the rugged terrain and fragile plant and animal life, visitors must obtain a free permit (limit 100/day) from the visitor center before hiking into the gorge.

This park is in the highlands region of Georgia.

Recreation - Amenities include a campground with 50 sites, 2 lighted tennis courts, a picnic area with a shelter, and a 63 acre lake with a swimming beach. More than 20 miles of trails provide great hiking opportunities. Check dates on flow release for availability of whitewater paddling through the gorge.

Climate - Georgia generally experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers.

Location - Located on U.S. Hwy. 441 within the city limits of Tallulah Falls, Ga.

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Report: We obtained the required permit to hike into the gorge. We hiked down to Hurricane falls, and then we crossed the river and hiked down to the Sliding Rock Falls area to cross again and hike out of the gorge. Once you cross the river at Hurricane Falls, there is no 'official' trail. You are basically bouldering down the river. Also, when we got to Sliding Rock Falls, we had to take off our boots and walk across the slippery rock river bed (I got wet up to my hips) to get to the trail leading out of the gorge. The hike out up Sliding Rock Trail was (for me) hell. It was hand-over-hand up a 45 degree rock gorge (though it felt much steeper), and sometimes we found ourselves literally three feet away from the edge. For more experienced climbers, this probably wouldn't be difficult, but I was almost in over my head as far as difficulty/danger.

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Contact Information:
Tallulah Gorge State Park, P.O. Box 248 , Tallulah Falls, GA, 30573, Phone: 706-754-7970

Additional Information:
Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites - There are 54 State Parks in Georgia, located throughout the state. The northern part of the state has the most parks with a high concentration along the coast as well.
Highlands Region - This area comprises the northern quarter of the state. Gainesville is the major city within this region. The terrain in this area is lush and mountainous.

Georgia State Parks - Official Agency Website


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